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  • Post-coup purge will affect Turkey's education sector for decades

    Post-coup purge will affect Turkey's education sector for decades

    With more than 120,000 public workers suspended and nearly 40,000 people in prison, the aftermath of Turkey’s failed July 15 coup is being felt across every part of society, including its highest-ranked schools. The day after the coup attempt, 1,577 deans — working at nearly every university in...

  • Russia launches major offensive against rebels in Syria, airstrikes hit Aleppo

    Russia launches major offensive against rebels in Syria, airstrikes hit Aleppo

    Russia launched a broad new offensive Tuesday against rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, an onslaught that included Moscow’s first use of fighter jets launched from an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. At the same time, a three-week lull in fighting in the northern city...

  • Iraqis' Mosul advance pauses as hundreds flee an escalating fight

    Iraqis' Mosul advance pauses as hundreds flee an escalating fight

    Hundreds of civilians fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul streamed Wednesday into this village on the city’s eastern edge: Men with beards and women in veils, walking along the main road toting children and suitcases. “We told civilians to stay in their homes,” Iraqi special forces Lt. Col. Ali Hussein...

  • What the top U.S. commander in the Middle East says about fighting Islamic State

    What the top U.S. commander in the Middle East says about fighting Islamic State

    Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, traveled to the region last week to take stock of the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. military has supported Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces with airstrikes, training and advising. In Syria, the Pentagon has backed...

  • Iranians bask in anti-American feeling on anniversary of 1979 U.S. embassy takeover

    Iranians bask in anti-American feeling on anniversary of 1979 U.S. embassy takeover

    In an annual rite of anti-Americanism in Iran, thousands gathered Thursday at the site of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran to mark the anniversary of its takeover by student activists in 1979. The demonstrators brought by buses to the former embassy complex included young and old, university students,...

  • Pentagon fears killing civilians from the air as battle for Mosul intensifies

    Pentagon fears killing civilians from the air as battle for Mosul intensifies

    As Iraqi and Kurdish military forces converge on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, U.S. commanders are concerned about their ability to launch airstrikes without laying waste to the ancient city and the civilians who live there. The Sunni Muslim insurgents who captured the sprawling city two years...

  • Facing fierce resistance from Islamic State, Iraqi army crosses into Mosul

    Facing fierce resistance from Islamic State, Iraqi army crosses into Mosul

    Lt. Col. Ali Hussein Fadil and his elite troops followed in the footsteps of a biblical prophet who once walked these desert plains, and like him, they found themselves in the belly of the beast. Meeting fierce resistance from Sunni Muslim militants defending their most crucial bastion in Iraq,...

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